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India among top 6 promising markets


  • India features among top six for global executives when it comes to overall growth prospects over the next 12 months, but enthusiasm for investing in the country has dropped from three years ago, finds out a survey.
  • According to the annual global CEO survey of consultancy giant PwC, released at the WEF annual meeting, the top two markets from the growth point of view are ;
    the US, as voted by 43 per cent of respondents,
    followed by China (33 per cent).
  • Others in the pecking order are ;
    Germany (17 per cent),
    UK (15 per cent),
    Japan (8 per cent) and
    India (7 per cent).
  • Last year, India was among the top five most promising markets globally.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
According to the annual global CEO survey of consultancy giant PWC, what is the rank of India in the most promising markets globally? 
 - 6th.
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India becomes Associate member of CERN "Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire".


  • India became an Associate member of CERN on 16th of January 2017, it came into effect with the Indian government completing its internal approval procedures in respect of the agreement it had signed with CERN on November 21, 2016.
  • As an Associate member India will have full access to all data generated at CERN.
  • As there are many experiments in CERN, there will be plenty of information available. When we were not an Associate member, India could take  data only from those experiments where we were participating.
  • There are other benefits of becoming an Associate member. Whenever any CERN facilities get upgraded and go through maintenance, it will provide opportunities for Indian industries to participate.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India became an Associate member of which International organisation on 16th of January 2017? 
- CERN "Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire". 
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India slips 3 places to 92nd rank on global talent competitiveness


  • India has slipped 3 places to 92nd rank on the global index of talent competitiveness that measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent, a list topped by Switzerland.
  • India's ranking is worst among the five BRICS countries.
  • While China was ranked at the 54th place, Russian Federation was placed at 56th, followed by South Africa at 67th and Brazil 81st.
  • Switzerland topped the overall index, followed by
    1.Singapore and
    2.the United Kingdom
    in second and third places respectively .
  • List was released by INSEAD Produced in partnership with The Adecco Group and the Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore (HCLI).
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India has slipped to which rank on the global index of talent competitiveness that measures how countries grow, attract and retain talent? 
 - 92nd rank
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Central & SBI Card launch premium co-branded card


  • Future Group's fashion and lifestyle departmental store Central and SBI Card announced the launch of a co-branded credit card.
  • It's launched to offer benefits to consumers in the premium lifestyle and fashion space.
  • The Central SBI co-brand Card is the second by SBI Card and Future Group, after fbb SBI StyleUp Card introduced earlier in partnership with Big Bazaar and targeted at the value conscious consumer looking for affordable fashion.
  • The Central
    1.SBI SELECT and
    2.SELECT+ Cards
    offer an accelerated reward points structure, where cardholders earn 20 reward points for every Rs 100 spent in Central stores.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Future Group's fashion and lifestyle departmental store Central with which bank has announced the launch of a co-branded credit card?
 - SBI
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Kiran Doshi wins 'The Hindu Prize 2016'


  • Kiran Doshi, a retired diplomat and educationist from Gujarat, won The Hindu Prize 2016 for his third major work of fiction, Jinnah Often Came to Our House.
  • Its a book set against the political turmoil of the subcontinent from the early part of the 20th century, ending with the Partition and Independence.
  • Mr. Doshi was among the five authors shortlisted from nearly 60 entries for the seventh edition of the prize.
  • The shortlisted works included;
    1. Anil Menon’s Half Of What I Say,
    2.Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar’s The Adivasi Will Not Dance,
    3.Kunal Basu’s Kalkatta and
    4.Manjula Padmanabhan’s The Island of Lost Girls.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won The Hindu Prize 2016 for his third major work of fiction, Jinnah Often Came to Our House?
 - Kiran Doshi. 
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India Signs Financing Agreement with World Bank for US$ 48 Million for Nagaland Health Project


  • A financing agreement for IDA credit of US$ 48 million (equivalent) for the ‘Nagaland Health Project’ was signed with the World Bank .
  • The Financing Agreement was signed by;
    1.Mr. Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of Government of India and
    2.Mrs. Genevieve Connors, Acting Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank.
  • A Project Agreement was also signed by ;
    1.Dr. L. Watikala, Principal Director, Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland and
    2. Ms. Genevieve Connors, Acting Country Director, World Bank.
  • The Objectives of the project are to improve health services and increase their utilization by communities in targeted locations in Nagaland.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
A financing agreement for IDA credit of US$ 48 million (equivalent) was signed with the World Bank and India for which project? 
 -  ‘Nagaland Health Project’. 
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Rajeev Singh to take charge as interim CEO of Prasar Bharti


  • Rajeev Singh, Member (Finance) in Prasar Bharati Board, is the newly appointed interim CEO of the public broadcaster after S C Panda retires in February.
  • The previous CEO Jawhar Sircar had quit in October last year, a few months before his tenure was due to end, following which Panda, who is Member (Personnel), was made the acting CEO.
  • However, Panda is also due to retire in February.
  • The issue of vacancies arising due to Panda’s retirement was discussed in a meeting headed by Prasar Bharati chairman A Surya Prakash in Hyderabad yesterday, sources said.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who is the newly appointed interim CEO of Prasar Bharati, after the retirement of S C Panda? 
 - Rajeev Singh.
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Indian Women Boxers Shine At Nations Cup In Serbia; Win Six Medals


  • The Indian Women’s boxing team went on to finish 3rd in the 6th Nations Cup in the Serbian city of Vrbas.
  • India finished 3rd just after;
    1. Kazakhstan and
    2. Russia
  • in the elite category wherein the tournament also featured ;
    1.School Girl,
    2.Junior and
    3.Youth Division competition.
  • The medal tally for India stands at one gold, four silver and four bronze.
  • The solo gold for India goes to Neeraj of Haryana.
  • This exceptional talent acquired the gold by defeating the top-seeded Jaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan.
  • This is Neeraj’s first International appearance.
  • The four silvers were acquired by;
    1. Sarjubala Devi (48 Kg),
    2.Priyanka Chowdhary(60kg),
    3.Pooja(69 Kg).
  • They lost to Russia’s Yulia Chumgalakova, Kazakhstan’s Rimma Volosenko, Valentina Khalzova respectively in their bouts.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The boxing championship of Nations Cup 2017 is organised in which country? 
- Serbian city of Vrbas. 
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IMF cuts India’s GDP growth forecast to 6.6% on note ban woes


  • The International Monetary Fund (IMP) on 16th of January 2017 cuts India’s growth forecast for the current fiscal to 6.6% from its previous estimate of 7.6%.
  • The cut is a consequence of the currency crunch following the demonetisation decision, said the IMF.
  • The cut in India’s growth rates comes days after the World Bank decelerated India’s GDP growth for 2016-17 to 7% from 7.6%.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The International Monetary Fund (IMP) on 16th of January 2017 cuts India’s growth forecast for the current fiscal to what percentage? 
 - 6.6%.
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January 16: Religious Freedom Day


  • US President Barack Obama urging his countrymen to stand against religious intolerance, has proclaimed January 16 as Religious Freedom Day in accordance with a yearly tradition.
  • Each year, by Presidential Proclamation, January 16 is declared Religious Freedom Day in the US.
  • Obama urged the country’s citizens to reject politics that seeks to target people because of their religion.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Religious Freedom Day is celebrated on which date? 
 - January 16
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Reserve Bank of India raises daily withdrawal limit from ATMs to Rs 10,000


  • The Reserve Bank of India on Monday doubled the daily withdrawal limit from automated teller machines (ATMs) to Rs 10,000.
  • They also retained the weekly ceiling at Rs 24,000 with the supply of more five hundred notes.
  • RBI has increased the limit on withdrawal from current accounts from the existing limit of Rs 50,000 per week to Rs 1,00,000 per week.
  • This hike will be applicable to overdraft and cash credit accounts.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What is the current daily withdrawal limit from automated teller machines (ATMs), according to RBI? 
- Rs 10,000. 
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Madhya Pradesh Launches Digital Dakiya Scheme For Digital Literacy


  • Madhya Pradesh government inaugurated a first of its kind scheme of the country, “Digital Dakiya” in Indore on January 14, 2017 to encourage cashless transaction in the state.
  • Under the scheme, a Digital Postman referred as Digital Dakiya would visit door to door in both urban and rural areas to train households specially women and elderly people about digitized transactions.
  • The scheme was inaugurated by the State Finance Minister Jayant Malliya.
  • State government will provide Identity cards to the volunteers deployed in this programme.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state's government has inaugurated a first of its kind scheme of the country, “Digital Dakiya” on January 14, 2017 to encourage cashless transaction in the state? 
 - Madhya Pradesh. 
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BSF launches operation 'Sard Hawa' at Rajasthan border


  • Border Security Force (BSF) launched operation 'Sard Hawa' at the western international border of Rajasthan, under which vigil will be beefed-up to check the instances of infilteration due to the dense fog in the area.
  • The operation will continue till January 28.
  • "The purpose of the operation is to keep a hawk's eye on the international border, where vigil has been beefed-up and officers have also been asked to be part of operation to motivate japan's.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Border Security Force (BSF) launched which operation at the western international border of Rajasthan, under which vigil will be beefed-up to check the instances of infilteration due to the dense fog in the area? 
 - 'Sard Hawa'. 
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Prasar Bharti hosts International Television Dance Festival in Hyderabad


  • Prasar Bharti hosts International Television Dance Festival in Hyderabad.
  • The first edition of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) International Television Dance Festival is scheduled to be held in Hyderabad; the city with royal patronage for arts, literature and architecture, on January 15.
  • Prasar Bharati is hosting the event.
  • The Dance Festival is conceptualised so as to bring the cultural diversities from across the world into limelight, by breaking cultural barriers.
  • The festival will showcase dancers from various countries which include:
    1. Maldives,
    2. Afghanistan,
    3. Uzbekistan,
    4. Philippines,
    5. Fiji,
    6. Azerbaijan,
    7. Malaysia,
    8. India and
    9. Indonesia.
  • The finalists from each country will participate in the grand finale of the first (ABU) International Television Dance Festival.
  • All the participants are between the age group of 18-25 years.
  • The festival’s objective is to create a “bridge” between young people from different parts of the world through dance.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The first edition of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) International Television Dance Festival is scheduled to be held in which city of India? 
 - Hyderabad. 
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NPCI declares Rs 54.90 crore prize money for NITI Aayog's lucky draw schemes


  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) declared Rs 54.90 crore prize money to over 3.42 lakh winners for NITI Aayog's lucky draw schemes for consumers and merchants.
  • The two schemes are -
    1. Lucky Grahak Yojna (LGY) and
    2. Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojna (DVY).
  • They were launched on December 25 last year and shall remain open till April 14, 2017.
  • Schemes are aimed at incentivising both consumers and merchants to promote digital payments.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which schemes has been launched by NITI Aayog which are aimed at incentivising both consumers and merchants to promote digital payments?
- 1. Lucky Grahak Yojna (LGY) and
2. Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojna (DVY). 
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BSNL launches “Sanchar Aadhar” for Aadhar based eKYC and digital customer engagement


  • BSNL the national carrier, having the largest network across India with highest rural penetration recognizes the need to deliver consistent and personalized digital engagement to their customers.
  • BSNL has launched its prestigious Customer Acquisition and Customer Communication Management (CACMS) project that digitalizes mission critical, customer centric business process to provide compelling customer experience across all channels throughout the customer lifecycle.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Customer Acquisition and Customer Communication Management (CACMS) project was launched by which Indian firm? 
 - BSNL. 
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App named 'SEZ India' launched by Commerce Ministry


  • A Mobile app named SEZ India has been launched by the Commerce Secretary on 06th January 2017.
  • SEZ Division, Department of Commerce under its broader e-Governance initiative i.e. SEZ Online System, has developed mobile app for Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
  • App would help the SEZ Units and Developers to find information easily and track their transactions on SEZ Online System.
  • Now the SEZ Developers & Units can file all their transactions digitally through SEZ Online system and track the status on the go through the SEZ India mobile app.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which mobile application has been launched  by the Commerce Secretary on 06th January 2017?
 -  SEZ. 
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A new mobile app for tourists by Tamil Nadu Tourism Department


  • For the benefit of both domestic and international tourists, Tamil Nadu Tourism Department has launched a mobile app ‘pinakin’ with information on tourism in Tamil Nadu with audio facilities.
  • The app, in two languages —
    1.Tamil and
    2. English
    covers world heritage tourist sites like;
    1.Mamallapuram,
    2.Thanjavur Big Temple,
    3.Gangaikonda Cholapuram and
    4. Darasuram.
  • The app can be downloaded free of cost from iStore or Playstore.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which state's government has launched ‘pinakin’ mobile application with information on tourism of their state ? 
 - Tamil Nadu. 
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Simbu, Kitur win Mumbai Marathon


  • 1.Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu won the men's  full marathon event while,
    2. Kenya's Bornes Kitur won the  women's title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.
  • Simbu clocked two hours, nine minutes and 32 seconds to clinch the gold medal.
  • Kenya's Joshua Kirkorir took the second spot with a time of 2:09:50 in a tough competition.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who won the  women's title at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on 15th of January 2017? 
 - Kenya's Bornes Kitur. 
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India, US sign MoU for collaboration in third world countries


  • India and the US have signed an MoU to collaborate in the fields of;
    1. developmental activities and
    2. aid in third world countries.
  • The MoU has been signed between;
    1. the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and
    2. Development Partnership Administration (DPA) of the Ministry of External Affairs of India.
  • MCC is a US agency providing eligible countries with grants to fund country-led solutions for reducing poverty through sustainable economic growth.
  • DPA looks after implementation of India’s development cooperation programmes with partner countries.
  • The two countries would collaborate on exchange of information and experience in sectors or issues pertaining to project development or implementation in partner countries.
  • India and US might also provide advisory or technical assistance to third countries regarding ;
    1. sector policy reform,|
    2. project and sector management,
    3. project implementation, and
    4. economic growth promotion strategies
    in relevant sectors.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
India with which country have signed an MoU to collaborate in the fields of developmental activities and aid in third world countries? 
- United States of America. 
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